The mission of the North Carolina Central University Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to become professionals with the ability to ethically apply the knowledge and skills required for leadership and management for the public interest. This is a professional graduate degree that enable graduates to be effective public sector and non-profit agency leaders.
The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) Program is limited to candidates with five (5) years of full-time executive or supervisory experience in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. The typical Executive MPA students range from thirty (30) to fifty-five (55) years old and generally have ten (10) or more years of work experience. EMPA students continue their employment while completing their course of study in an 18-month period. The EMPA for North Carolina Central University is offered during two (2) required summer experiences and three (3) full semester experiences. Class sessions are held on weekends. Classes begin on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and are held for eight (8) hours on Saturday. The second summer experience includes a mandatory trip abroad that is paid for as a part of a student's tuition.
Students are admitted into the EMPA track in a cohort comprised of between twenty (20) and twenty-five (25) students. Each cohort participates in the same set of learning experiences. The requirements for graduation for all MPA tracks are the same. Since all EMPA students have significant professional experience they are exempted from the Internship I course requirement.
EMPA students apply during the spring semester for classes that begin during the summer semester. The students enter and proceed through their course of study as members of a cohort. Students take the courses that are currently a part of the existing MPA curriculum. The program is structured so that typically, students are able to earn a degree in 18 months.
While the program welcomes applications from all potential students able to meet the academic rigor, the EMPA track is designed to accommodate students who are:
Government employees seeking to improve their professional skills and qualifications,
Mid-career employees seeking to advance to upper administrative and higher management roles in their organizations,
Public and private sector employees who have made a career change or are pursuing a career closely associated with the public sector.
Tuition and fees for the EMPA track are greater than the General MPA track tuition and fees. This is explained by the nature of the program. The EMPA program has an all-inclusive pricing model. Thus students pay one charge to cover many of the costs that others pay in addition to the university tuition and fees. EMPA charges cover among other expenses:
Campus Parking fees
Airfare, lodging and ground transportation for two weeks abroad
Three (3) meals per weekend
All books and case studies for courses
Access to university computer systems (Banner, Blackboard, library databases)